Velvet has long been a go-to fabric for creating a high-style look. It might, however, come off as intimidating to some people—perhaps the velvet feels too extravagant or arduous to care for. We’re here to tell you otherwise and dispel the myths surrounding velvet. It is one of our favourite fabrics because it’s not only comfortable but also an affordable choice that can make any room feel like home. Read on below to see what makes this classic choice so unique.
It’s Surprisingly Versatile
The designer fabric has a luxurious look and feel, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t as adaptable to your home. It comes in different forms, such as large upholstered pieces or smaller options like throw pillows- so you can either go all out or keep it simple. It also transcends trends and styles beautifully: Its luminous sheen makes a glamorous room feel perfectly complete with one skein, while on the flip side, this type of material could be just as fitting for a relaxed or modern space too!
It Has Royal and Historical Roots
The word “velvet” comes from velluto, which means shaggy or hairy. The origin of velvet is not entirely clear, but it is generally agreed among historians and cultural academics that velvet was originally from the Far East, possibly China. Around the 13th century, velvet made its way west to Italy during a period of the Italian Renaissance.
It was then spread to other parts of Europe along the Silk Road, where it retained its popularity with changing styles but still preserved the touch of glamour. This fabric transcends trends and styles beautifully: Its luminous sheen makes a perfect fit for glamorous spaces but can feel just as at home next to more relaxed or modern rooms.
Velvet was quite expensive to produce before the invention of modern industrial looms- therefore, it was for wealthy and royal nobles only. Nobles especially liked velvet for its ability to take in rich, vibrant dyes- Queen Elizabeth II still wears dyed velvet robes and regalia at formal ceremonies!
The Making Process
Velvet is a fabric that’s not flat woven like linen, and it requires more yarn. First, the strings get weaved between two layers of backing on a loom to create the fabric. The fabric is cut down from the middle, creating two identical pieces with an upraised pile that provides its soft texture.
Earlier, only silk was used to create the velvet fabric; however, today, cotton and wool are commonly used alongside synthetic fibres that would not have been available in the past. Imagine the endless possibilities of designing with velvet.
It is Made to Last
There is a common misconception that velvet is a high maintenance fabric. The truth is, velvet isn’t all that delicate and can last for decades with proper care. Velvet is a practical option in any house room where children or pets run around since it’ll hold up beautifully to years of wear.
If you find that the pile on your velvet furniture has become ruffled or what experts call “bruised”, don’t worry. Over time it will return to its original state if you leave it alone. If this doesn’t work, gently steam the area with a towel and let it dry before sitting on them again.
Heavy marks might not go away but think of these as an exciting patina that provides an added sense of character to your piece. Velvet is like leather (or some form of wine): It gets better over time.
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It’s Easy to Clean
The easiest way to maintain your velvet is by incorporating it into your regular cleaning routine. When vacuuming the carpet, use the hand-held nozzle on any velvet pieces to get up dirt that might be inside the pile and clean your velvet piece easily.
As far as stains are concerned, almost all velvets are treated with general stain repellents, so you should be able to dab up any liquid on a damp towel gently. It does get a little trickier once the stain has dried—because velvets are created from various types of yarns. It is better to consult with their manufacturer about how best to remove them.
It Can Be in a Lighter Shade
The combination of pastels can be a great way to accentuate the vibrancy of velvet and make it a focal point for your interior. Generally, we often associate velvet furnishings with rich colours and dark and decadent spaces, such as navy accent chairs and deep-emerald sofas. And while it certainly gives a sheen look in this palette, velvets in lighter shades can be equally alluring.
Here a soft pastel sofa is paired with other spring hues for an utterly fresh look! This is a great way to mix your decor and experiment with colour palettes you may have overlooked initially.
It’s Not All About Glamour
Velvet is not typically associated with masculine spaces, but it works beautifully in this case. The taupe velvet upholstered bed provides a warm, sophisticated backdrop for the room and contrasts nicely with the breezy blues and relaxed textures. This decor creates an easy-going look that looks polished at the same time.
For more insight on Velvet Bed Frames: 5 Velvet Bed Frame Ideas
One of the best things about velvet is that it is incredibly comfortable to the touch. Velvet has a pleasant, soft feel that makes it an excellent choice for your home furniture. From a lighter shade of turquoise to minty green, soft shade velvet fabrics can go a long way in adding a fresh and youthful vibe to any room.
So, if you are looking to revamp your living space but are unsure about which colours to go for, velvet upholstery can be a great option. Stay tuned for more inspiration on how to add velvet to your space in unexpected ways!